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New Book Recalls the Life and Work of Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin

The popular music of today descends directly from the ragtime period and the compositions of the celebrated but tragic African-American composer Scott Joplin, according to Scott Joplin and the Age of Ragtime, a new book by Ray Argyle (McFarland).

“Joplin set in motion the music revolution that led to jazz, swing and rock and roll, and deserves to be recognized for having planted the trunk of the tree of modern music,” says Argyle.

From Joplin’s first great composition, “Maple Leaf Rag,” through such works as “The Entertainer” and his frustrated attempt to create the African-American opera Treemonisha, the book puts Joplin at the center of the ragtime era. Scott Joplin and the Age of Ragtime weaves Joplin’s life-from the brothels and bars of St. Louis to the music mills of Tin Pan Alley-into the texture of a time when the fight against racial segregation was just beginning and the arrival of silent movies, phonograph machines, mass media and modern art were laying the cornerstones of modern culture.

For more information visit McFarland Publications.

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